Corporate Political Spending Post-Citizens United

Law360, New York (September 28, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT) -- As the 2012 presidential election heats up and the 2011 proxy season winds down, the 2010 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has sparked renewed interest — and for good reason. 130 S. Ct. 876, 175 L.Ed 2d 753 (2010). The Citizens decision has potentially far-reaching implications for shareholders of publicly traded corporations and their ability to control, monitor or even have knowledge of corporate political spending decisions at the companies in which they have invested.

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